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New at beautyhabit: Reminiscence Rem Eau de Parfum, White Tubereuse & Love Rose Eau de Toilette.

New at escentual (UK): Guerlain L'Homme Ideal Cologne, Van Cleef & Arpels Reve Enchante, Terry de Gunzburg Terryfic Oud, Boucheron Quatre.

New at harrods (UK): Van Cleef & Arpels Reve Enchante.

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One repellent confection

[x] is every brassy “gourmand” cliché rolled into one repellent confection.

In short, [y] is an expensive version of a cheap perfume, like one of those little town cars offered with a burl walnut trim option for snobs.

[z] is the sort of fragrance that restores one’s ebbing faith in cost-no-object perfumery.

— From Luca Turin's latest review at, which covers Dior Fève Délicieuse, Guerlain Bouquet de la Mariée and Elie Saab Essence No. 2. See if you can guess which sentence is about which fragrance...

How to Choose a Signature Scent, Part 2

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Now that we’ve deepened your understanding of perfume in preparation for finding your signature scent (see part 1), it’s time to get down to strategy. Store shelves groan with perfume. How do you choose “the one”?

My guess is that most people duck into perfume shops and department stores and try whatever catches their fancy at the moment, hope they’ll be struck will love. That might work. Possibly. Maybe providence will toss a perfume in your path that will grab you and demand to be worn everyday.

But maybe it won’t. A surer path would be to explore the offerings of a single perfume house, then to apply whatever you learn to finding the fragrance that resonates with you most…

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